OJ 2020 in Tokyo : a young worker overworked to suicide at the olympic stadium

The construction of the large olympic stadium in Tokyo, headed by the architect jaopanais Kengo Kuma for the summer of 2020 has just been bereaved by the suicide of a worker of 23 years pushed to end according to his family by an excessive number of overtime hours. Details.
A drama on the site of the olympic stadium in Tokyo, led by the architect Kengo Kuma sows the disorder to three years of the organization of the summer Olympic Games in 2020. A young construction worker, who had been engaged on the project in December, had accumulated 200 hours of overtime in the month prior to the discovery of his body in April, said this Friday, July 21, 2017 to the AFP, the lawyer of the family, Hiroshi Kawahito.


His parents were in fact filed last week a request for compensation. They have also requested the Government that the loss of their son be recognized as a case of “karoshi” or death by overwork, which are in the archipelago, affecting hundreds of people a year, struck down by a heart attack, a stroke, or driven to despair.


Jobs of the time “extremely tight”


The lawyer Mr. Kawahito has described the timetable as”extremely tight” on the work site and the workers, “under pressure”. The lawyer also said the young man, whose name is not unveiled, had disappeared in march, leaving a word which he said have “reached the limit of physical and mental”.


“We were concerned to see her a few hours of sleep,” said his parents in a statement, adding that he woke up at 4.30 in the morning to return home at midnight. “We don’t want other people to die of overwork as our son”, they said.


It should be noted that the legal duration of work in Japan is 40 hours per week, complemented by a theoretical ceiling of 45 hours of overtime per month, which shatters when there is a business agreement.


“To do everything possible to ensure that such a tragic event does not happen again”, Tokyo 2020


The side reactions, the organizers of the Olympic games Tokyo 2020 said that they were “saddened” by the news, pledging to “do everything to ensure that such a tragic event does not happen again”.


Kengo Kuma had a serenity on July 5, 2017 in Paris


Remember that after you have unveiled the “station hill” of Saint-Denis Pleyel (Seine-Saint-Denis), 5 July 2017 at the House of Architecture of Ile-de-France, architect Kengo Kuma has commented on the realization of the olympic stadium. For that Tokyo, by far his biggest project, he displayed a serenity and a dream today of a place “that awakens the wonder of the children”, while being able to accommodate 80,000 people. “I’ve always wanted to do architecture which respects the tradition of the japanese culture, and adapt its principles to the characteristics of the Twenty-first century: the speed, the movement and the need for space,” he explained.


Kengo Kuma is waiting at the turn after having inherited the project initially reserved for Zaha Hadid, a British-born iraqi star architect and since deceased.


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